Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Griffin has spoken



As part of the BNP’s rolling programme of administrative improvements designed to ensure that we are able to cope with our current rapid and expected further growth, we are pleased to announce that we have marked the start of the new financial year by moving from having an overworked Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer to creating a full Treasury Department.
This new department now employs professionally trained accounting staff as well as the key party officials who have done such sterling work by themselves up until now.
The BNP’s central accounting unit’s draft accounts for 2008 show a leap in our national operational income to well over £1 million last year. This year we are on course to do even better.

With the regional, branch and group turn-over on top of that, the whole operation is now far too big for the able but limited capacity staff who have so far shouldered the increasing burden. Our independent external auditors, in particular, have been pressing hard for action to deal with this situation, and this has now been done as follows:

The new Treasury Department comprises four full-time staff:

- A Chartered Accountant (ACCA qualified) with 25 years experience as a Senior Partner who will be responsible for implementing continuous management of financial systems and budgets and also undertaking independent checks in conjunction with an Auditor on the organisations financial position and providing financial advice;

- A fully qualified Accounts Technician (IATI qualified and also holding a BA (Hons) degree in Business Administration), with 10 years experience as an Assistant Accountant who will be responsible for taking accounts to trial balance stage, reconciling all bank accounts, VAT returns, responsibility for Sales / Purchase ledger and assisting with month end and year end procedures;

- Jennie Noble, outgoing National Treasurer, who will switch duties to take on running the Trafalgar Club. This will be undergoing a major revamp and expansion later this year in order to raise its profile as the flagship of the Party. Jennie will assist in handling vital core administrative jobs, particularly checking that all donations are legal under the very strict terms of the party political funding laws.

- David Hannam, who will continue to run the accounts of units in those regions not yet handling their own financial affairs.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jennie Noble for her efforts over the last year to bring the party’s central treasury operation to the stage where it can be handed over to the professional administrators. While previous treasurers have done the best they could and have always ensured financial probity, Jennie’s extensive financial experience in pension fund management enabled her to bring us to this point, and we owe her a big debt of gratitude.
In keeping with best practice, the expanded Department staff will be answerable to a National Treasurer who is not paid for that role.

This oversight responsibility, which includes the job of providing reports to the Advisory Council and the Annual Conference, and the handling of all disbursements, will be dealt with by BNP Deputy Leader Simon Darby, who will be stepping down as West Midlands Regional Organiser with effect from 5th June.

We wish all the new team the best of luck in their roles.

While we are announcing administrative changes, please note that Nick Griffin has stepped down as Acting North West Regional Organiser with immediate effect. The newly appointed North West Regional Organiser is Clive Jefferson, who has made his mark organising in Cumbria and is widely and justly respected as a dynamic and efficient ‘big hitter’.
http://bnp.org.uk/2009/04/bnp-expansion-programme-%E2%80%94-now-it%E2%80%99s-the-turn-of-treasury/




New National Dispatch and Logistics Manager – and BNP Treasurer
June 14, 2008 by BNP News

After months of growth and part way into a major restocking, it has become clear that the Excalibur and Great White Records merchandising operations (now under the same roof), together with the huge mail outs of BNP bulletins and publications, has become such an undertaking that a full-time National Dispatch and Logistics Manager is needed at our Deeside industrial unit.

Having been responsible for setting up the whole operation there in the first place, John Walker is the natural choice for this job, and we are pleased to announce that he has agreed to take on the challenge with immediate effect.

John took over the job of National Treasurer in very difficult circumstances more than four years ago. When he agreed to take on that very demanding, and often thankless role, he did so on the basis that he only wanted to do it until someone better qualified became available, or for two years at the most.

To have stayed there more than four years, handling the party’s national finances during election years for the Westminster and European Parliaments, and for the devolved Assembly governments of Scotland, Wales and London, through four Red-White-and-Blue Festivals and four full Electoral Commission audits, has been a truly tremendous service to the British National Party. We will always be in John Walkers’ debt.

That said, his previous 25 years experience in administration and logistics in the RAF Civil Service make him particularly well suited to meet the challenges of the hands-on job of managing and co-ordinating our expanding central dispatch operations. We wish him all the very best in his new full-time role, and with the hard work with which he is now also busy as the first elected BNP councillor in Wales.

John’s place as National Treasurer has been filled by Jenny Noble. As Solihull Organiser between 2004 and 2007, Jenny played a key role in the election of our first councillor in the area, and in a variety of very effective political and community campaigns. She has also done a great deal of good work and become very popular as Secretary of the Trafalgar Club, a voluntary job she will now share with a fresh face. Her commercial experience as a senior manager in a pension fund administration role also makes her an ideal candidate for the treasury role.

Having recently moved to Wales, Jenny now has the time to devote to building on the progress made by John Walker in creating systems for, and improving the operation of our National Treasury department.

Among her early targets is the creation of a full advance annual budget based on all the statistics collected over previous years, and the implementation of the even tighter checks and balances on expenditure needed to see the party through the tough economic conditions now hitting the country as a whole. In addition, Jenny also has as one of her early important tasks the further dividing of responsibilities and workload for this important and complex department.

We welcome her to her new role and wish her the very best of luck.

Dave Hannam will remain as head of Regional Treasury where, having completed both the regional and national audits, he is now concentrating on creating an innovative system whereby local fund-holders can access their BNP account statements online, and whenever they wish, instead of waiting for them to arrive by post.

With other advances also in the pipeline right across the board, it is safe to say that dispatch and treasury - two of the most important cogs in the BNP machine - are in good hands.


http://bnp.org.uk/2008/06/new-national-dispatch-and-logistics-manager-%E2%80%93-and-for-bnp-treasury/

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

"While we are announcing administrative changes, please note that Nick Griffin has stepped down as Acting North West Regional Organiser with immediate effect. The newly appointed North West Regional Organiser is Clive Jefferson, who has made his mark organising in Cumbria and is widely and justly respected as a dynamic and efficient ‘big hitter’."


What Griffin really means is, Clive is soon to come into substantial compensation for injuries. The money from which he intends to give to Griffin...

Anonymous said...

"Jennie Noble, outgoing National Treasurer, who will switch duties to take on running the Trafalgar Club"

No suprises there. I knew she wouldn't last long :)
Is this why the BNP accounts are late?

Anonymous said...

No suprises there. I knew she wouldn't last long :)

The untrusted only ever get to handle the money for 12 months or less. Griffin doesn't like anyone completeing the full monetary picture.

Anti-gag said...

Some of these changes are indeed welcome, although the replacement of Jennie Noble as our National Treasurer may not be a clever move.

I'm glad to see Griffin is standing down as the NW Regional Organiser (a job he never actually did), but I have grave reservation about the suitability of Clive Jefferson to take on the position. However I guess we must give him the benefit of the doubt and wait to see how he performs in the job.

What I would say however is that nothing in these changes alters the fact that the BNP's constitution is inherently undemocratic, and possibly unlawful. There is also nothing to suggest that the chaotic situation at the mid management level will be improved. But my biggest concern is still with the integrity (or should I say lack of it) of our National Chairman, and this does nothing at all to solve that problem.

From
Chris Hill
(Lancaster)

Anonymous said...

There has been qualified accountants in the BNP for years. Why is Griffin using them now? Has the NPD got anything to do with it? They being Griffins best friends, or have Special Branch told him to clean up his act?

Anonymous said...

I have grave reservation about the suitability of Clive Jefferson to take on the position.

Look on the bright side. He'll soften the image of the BNP. Clive was responsible for having Jonathan Bowden banned from speaking at BNP meetings last year. Bowdens crime? He was to extreme........................

Anonymous said...

"- A Chartered Accountant (ACCA qualified) with 25 years experience as a Senior Partner who will be responsible for implementing continuous management of financial systems and budgets and also undertaking independent checks in conjunction with an Auditor on the organisations financial position and providing financial advice;"

Who is this person is it Edgar Griffin?

Anonymous said...

So will the Trafalgar Club still be separate from the main system controlled by the 'Senior Partner'? Who is?

Anonymous said...

'Trafalgar Club. This will be undergoing a major revamp and expansion later this year in order to raise its profile as the flagship of the Party.'

Presumably that means more money will be channelled through the Trafalgar Club.

Anonymous said...

And what was the treasury department before the change half a TD ?? any accountant worth his or her salt would be saying i Will not be responsible for the past or the present until i have seen all the receipts for incomings and out going so I can match them up and if i am shown all the above will i be expelled just MIKE NEWLANDS IN THE YEAR 2000 ?? for asking for the above.
And yes who are the above appointed professionals gentlemen ??? name or names please as they should have nothing to be ashamed of.

John cronin

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't he named these new accountants, and will Jenny Noble be held responsible for any discrepancies of the last 12 months? She may end up doing a runner like Brayshaw.

boltonboy said...

The accounts aren't late (yet) - they have to be with the Elections Commission by 30th June.

If they are late (again) this year, I wonder if it will be blamed on "restructuring in April" ... or on Jenny Noble?

Sure it won't be NG's fault !!

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't he named these new accountants.

He has to name the party treasurer by law. I wonder who the unlucky person will be:)

Anonymous said...

LEE BARNES FOR TREASURER LMFAO LOL LOL

Anonymous said...

This great panjandrum NG has spoken so please pay attention NOW.
o ya o ya o ya prey silence for his worship the RT
HONORABLE NG ESQUIRE
A self-important or pretentious person.

John Cronin

Anonymous said...

LEE BARNES FOR TREASURER LMFAO LOL LOL

08 April 2009 22:41


Or Darby ha ha ha

Griffins left eye said...

I've never seen anything untoward

Anonymous said...

I will say eye to Lee Barns.

John Cronin.

Mark Collett for Treasurer said...

I deserve the job. No one lies harder than me!

Griffin's Bottom said...

I can keep a secret

Anonymous said...

I can keep a secret

08 April 2009 22:52


Martin Webster by any chance?

Billy said...

So the North West regional organiser has been delegated by Griffin himself ?

Why didn't Griffin appoint Chris Jackson to the post ?

After all it's not that long ago Jackson was voted in by the BNP Officials in the North West.

Wouldn't that have been the most popular thing to do just prior to the Euro elections would it not and a morale booster ?

Anonymous said...

Yes thats the only thing that Griffin did as North west organiser - to keep Chris Jackson out.

Anonymous said...

i bet griffin still stands for his euro seat!! thats why he was the organisor so he had the excuse to stand in NW. he should have stood in wales

Anonymous said...

Who is going to oversee the finances of the Trafalgar Club?

The Treasurer? The 'Senior Partner'?

Anonymous said...

Has the name of the new treasurer been announced yet?

Anonymous said...

Darby is going to be the overlord of the treasury department!

Also he is resigning as West Mids organiser from the 5th June. He must be confident of winning a Euro seat! Walker, Salvage or Deacon to replace?

Will he still be national spokesman and Barnbrooks bag carrier as well it he gets elected?

What about group development who is responsible for that, since SG it seems non existent.

Clive Jefferson in fairness does seem to have been quite active in the NW region, more than you can say for the WM organiser.

Anonymous said...

Darby is going to be the overlord of the treasury department!


Certainly makes sense if he is. Silver and Co are Cannock based which is where Darby used to live so, one gets the feeling his hands were already on the money...

Anonymous said...

Someone has been busy...

"FOI 7906
In 2001, the media reported allegations that donations from foreign sources were being given to the British National Party. It was alleged that the British National Party had set up an organisation - the American Friends of the BNP - to raise funds from the United States of America which were then passed to the BNP in the UK. Following these allegations, the Electoral Commission started an inquiry. In late 2001, the Electoral Commission decided that there was no basis for a formal investigation into these allegations. Under the act, I would like to request complete copies of all the documents held by the Electoral Commission relating to this subject. I assume that this request would, for instance, cover complete copies of the minutes and agendas of all meetings between the Electoral Commission and the British National Party relating to this subject, as well as documents (such as briefing material, letters, memos, emails, memorandums of conversations) which were prepared for or connected with these meetings, either before or after the event.

Last updated: 21 Aug 2008"
http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/document-summary?assetid=42629

Free Thinker said...

Don't beleive the propaganda. Jenny Noble was sacked for gross incompetence, plain and simple. She pissed off so many people in central office it was only a matter of time before she went. Don't let your justified hatred of Griffin allow you to miss this glaring fact central to these ill thought out changes.

Anonymous said...

Where are Barnbrooks donations? He's supposed to donate 10% which should be £6,000 a year. There's nothing on the EC site.

moo toffee said...

Lets have a wee guess that the new accountant and assistant account had a little knuckle rubbing session with dear old Edgar???

Anonymous said...

Jenny Noble was dismissed has Treasuer the books are in a dreadful state. Simon creap darby has taken over has National treasuer. He only live 5 minutes away from Griff so all money can be kept between them. NOBLE ONLY LASTED 8 months in the JOB!

Mrs Hannam's Boxer said...

Jenny Noble has been side lined from the Treasurer's post as she wanted everything on the straight and refused to juggle the accounts. It's a shame as she has put in a lot of effort to sort out the mess that John Walker had left the accounts in.
This reshuffle will be this year's excuse for the accounts going in late. The accountants at Silver & Co. are old friends of the Griffin's (same hush hush club as EG).

Anonymous said...

Would agree that the thug and drug dealer Jefferson is not a suitable organiser. He was one of those who tried to raid Kenny Smiths house in 2007

He is also a fall guy who Griffin will blame when he fails to get elected in the NW

Anonymous said...

This whole new party restructuring sounds very, very fishy indeed. Some excellent comments made above on the issue. Gri££in will certainly be up to some scheming behind the scenes, it's in his twisted, socio-pathic nature to cook the books. In incredible this is all going on while everybody is busy campaigning for the Euro elections and attention is diverted?

Anonymous said...

The EC site hasn't been updated with the new treasurers name yet.

Anonymous said...

'Don't beleive the propaganda. Jenny Noble was sacked for gross incompetence, plain and simple. She pissed off so many people in central office it was only a matter of time before she went. Don't let your justified hatred of Griffin allow you to miss this glaring fact central to these ill thought out changes.'

Gross incompetence in failing to do the accounts in the manner required?

How long will the next one last?

Anonymous said...

"Gross incompetence in failing to do the accounts in the manner required?"

How do you know?

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm, looking back at that 2008 article you just put up, I note the old 25yrs experience cropping up again................

"- A Chartered Accountant (ACCA qualified) with 25 years experience as a Senior Partner who will be responsible for implementing continuous management of financial systems and budgets and also undertaking independent checks in conjunction with an Auditor on the organisations financial position and providing financial advice;"

And of Walker, Griffin wrote in 2008


That said, his previous 25 years experience in administration and logistics in the RAF Civil Service make him particularly well suited to meet the challenges of the hands-on job of managing and co-ordinating our expanding central dispatch operations. We wish him all the very best in his new full-time role, and with the hard work with which he is now also busy as the first elected BNP councillor in Wales.

Anonymous said...

"We welcome her to her new role and wish her the very best of luck."

LMFAO

When are you muppets going see Griffin for what he is?

Anonymous said...

'"Gross incompetence in failing to do the accounts in the manner required?"

How do you know?'

Don't know just asking what the gross incompetence actually consisted of.

Anonymous said...

NOBLE ONLY LASTED 8 months in the JOB!


It's shocking she lasted that long since she's so unbearably stupid.

Anonymous said...

Still not updated

Party officers:

Leader: Mr Nicholas John Griffin

Nominating Officer: Michaela MacKenzie

Treasurer: Jennifer Ruth Noble

Anonymous said...

'NOBLE ONLY LASTED 8 months in the JOB!

It's shocking she lasted that long since she's so unbearably stupid.'

Must have been to get involved.

Now where's that man with the '25 years experience as senior partner'?

Anonymous said...

Rumour has it that Gri££in has got Bernie Madoff's old accountant David Friehling onboard to audit the BNP's accounts. Says he met this 'kindly helpful' man at a Masonic lunch.

Anonymous said...

Darby is the new Treasurer. This stinks how can a vice chairman be in charge of treasury!

Anonymous said...

John Cronin.
Has been apointed thee position of treasure.

If you do not know this man the i sugest that you type his name into google as he is well known in the trade of ££££££££££££££.

Basel Alenby Johnson.ESQ

Anonymous said...

The BNP is all smoke and mirrors middle class parasitism. Whatever else the BNP may be, it certainly is not a political organisation. Keine Ruhe.

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